Pouch Sling Wearing Instructions & Carrying Positions

Pouch Sling Wearing Instructions

Cradle Hold Position - Best for Newborn through first year

Front Carry Position - Best for 4 months and older

Hip Carry Position - Best for 5 months and older

Taking baby out of Pouch Sling

Tips on using your pouch sling successfully

Pouch Sling Wearing Instructions

Appropriate sling size is critical for the success for both the wearer and baby. See Pouch Sling Sizing.

How to wear a pouch baby sling

The sling has a flat top and a curved bottom. At the top pouch slings hang on your body diagonally from shoulder to opposite hip. Our pouch slings are pre-folded and sewn together on top with a “dart”. This dart should be facing away from you when you put on the sling.

Open the tube of fabric, put one arm then your head through the open sling loop. Sling should look like a sash laying diagonally on your body. Make sure that sewn dart is positioned on your neck and that the sewn seam is laying on your opposite hip.

Open the two layers of sling fabric to create a hammock or pouch.

See video on YouTube.

Cradle Hold Position - Best for Newborn through first year

How to wear a pouch baby sling - Cradle Hold Position

Put your sling on your body, place your child over opposite shoulder from sling, lean back a little, and slowly inch their feet into the sling toward your belly button. With feet in sling, start to turn baby's body to that their arm and side of body is resting against your body and inch their bottom into sling.

Rest their head back in the pouch so that they are laying facing up toward opening of sling. To get your child deeper into the sling, find fabric on your body and gently tug a couple of times, then tug on outer layer of fabric.

Adjust your shoulder fabric so that is is comfortable on your on your chest. With newly born babies there tends to be too much fabric, so we encourage you to roll down the fabric layers.

See video on YouTube.

Front Carry Position - Best for 4 months and older

Put your sling on your body, open sling fabric and while leaning back hold your child's back to your chest. Inch their feet into the sling directly on your belly. They can have their knees bent into their chest or sit directly on their knees. Their arms can stay in or out. (Take extra caution with quick moving children who like to grab objects).

Adjust your shoulder fabric so that is is comfortable on your shoulder.

See video on YouTube.

Hip Carry Position - Best for 5 months and older

How to wear a pouch baby sling - Hip Carry Position

Put your sling on your body, place your child over opposite shoulder from sling, lean back a little and find outer layer of sling fabric. Open outer layer of fabric and inch your child straight down your body but not into sling.

Find the fabric at your hip and open it to create a seat for your child to sit in. Once your child is sitting in the pouch of the open fabrics place them on your hip, with one leg in front and the other in back of your body.

Adjust the layers of fabric so that the outer layer is riding high on your child's back and the other layer is under their bum right at their legs. Make sure they are comfortable so that the fabric isn't digging into their legs. Adjust your shoulder fabric so that is is comfortable on your shoulder.

See video on YouTube.

Taking baby out of Pouch Sling

With a newly born baby you can place your hands into the pouch and lift your child out back onto opposite shoulder of sling.

See video on YouTube.

With older children:

Taking baby out of pouch sling
1. Hold child's body right on the outside of the sling
Taking baby out of pouch sling
2. Bring the sling and child right to your opposite shoulder.
Taking baby out of pouch sling
3. Now peel the sling off your baby.

Tips on using your pouch sling successfully

  • With new babies, after they are in the cradle position, try holding them like you would normally hold them in your arms. As your baby settles in, slowly let your arms go.
  • Remember to keep things balanced by rotating the shoulder you wear your sling on.
  • Build your endurance when first starting to use the sling.
  • When you try to use your sling for the first time, make sure your baby isn't fussy or hungry.
  • If your baby stars to get fussy while standing or sitting, hold them in your arms to cradling them and rock with them.
  • If your baby is laying too low in the sling then pull the entire sling up by the shoulder fabric.
  • If your baby is facing toward your chest when you place them into the sling, then take the baby out and try putting them in again.
  • Don't be afraid to manipulate the fabric to work for you both. If you are both comfortable and safe, go with it.
  • Wearing your baby takes time to get used to but don't give up. Remind yourself that your child will experience many benefits from being worn close to your body. Like all things there is a learning curve with sling wearing. After practicing it gets easier.